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The star players shine every week in the Mid-Penn Conference, but just as important for team wins are players who work tirelessly on their positions but receive no attention or recognition.
PennLive interviewed the Mid-Penn Conference football coaches to find out who the most underrated players are in their respective squads.
The list, compiled by trainers who responded to the survey question, is listed below in alphabetical order by school.
School: Great spring
Why she is underestimated: Lay is short, but a very physical player who knows her way around.
Why she’s underestimated: Described as “a joy to coach, Dean gives 110 percent with a smile on his face and does whatever is asked of her.
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School: Central Dauphin
Why They’re Underestimated: The Parody Twins may not get that much attention from opposing coaches, but CD coaches say they’re key to the Rams’ success. Her soccer IQ and passion for the game are second to none.
Year: Second year
Why She’s Underestimated: Noblit was Greencastle’s second top scorer and top scorer in assists but received all honors after the season.
School: Mifflin County
Why she is underestimated: Ella is not described as a flashy player, but she does everything at a high level every day. She doesn’t always have the statistics to show her efforts.
School: North York
Position: central defender
Why She’s Underrated: Goretski is back from a cruciate ligament injury early last season and the polar bears captain won’t get enough recognition for her position.
Why she’s underestimated: Your trainers say she is still growing as a senior and has unlimited potential. Julian is described as being able to beat any player with a sky-high IQ, passport vision and athleticism in one-on-one.
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School: Red Land
Why She’s Underrated: Nagy has been described as a consistent, super-solid defender and key to defending the Red Land.
School: Susquehanna Township
Why it is underestimated: Kuchinski kept the Indians competitive and within striking distance in many games last year with many great parades.